BEHOLD A NEW JOY

Wednesday, December 19, 7 pm Join the Choir of St. Francis de Sales for its annual Christmas concert by candlelight–a West Philadelphia tradition! Music will feature arrangements of traditional and modern Advent and Christmas music, as well as selections from Porter, Holst, Bennett, and Rutter. Come behold our magnificent French organ (the largest in the Delaware Valley), now uncovered for the first time in four years! A dessert and hot chocolate reception follows (per usual) in the parish hall. Freewill donations accepted at the door. […]

TENEBRAE: Songs in the Shadow of the Cross

Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm FREE (no collection taken or donations asked) All welcome The Latin word for “shadows” or “darkness,”¬†tenebrae¬†is the name given to the Church’s celebration of the Hours of Matins and Lauds for Holy Week. It was much more common before Vatican II, but today it’s often used as a “choral preparation” or meditation on the themes of the Passion. A great number of composers have written some beautiful meditative pieces for this rite. Psalms and hymns of lament are read and […]